In Vitro

We are feet. We remain
faithful to possibilities,
to things which seem higher than us –

toes – ankles – knees – unformed breast
all baptised by imminent waves –

this flesh hides the ferocious nature of each atom,
it cements the distance between
the core of a prisoner and the core of a guard.

We call it everyday victory
with iron curtains in place.

 ‘I wish I learned parallel parking, had a neat hand
when pulling teeth and white hair,
became more proficient at swearing in a different language’

It is different than how we’d imagined.

The hope keeps coming in small, angular coffins
one after another
like pages from a book of colours,
turned over and over again,
reminding us how Goliath had the power
to make everything a failure.


Maria Stadnicka
Illustration Nick Victor

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2 Responses to In Vitro

    1. Thank you Nick Victor for such a great illustration! Great work. M

      Comment by Maria on 20 June, 2018 at 9:34 am
    2. A pleasure Maria. Always great to have something good to illustrate.

      Comment by Editor on 20 June, 2018 at 10:06 am

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